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Jean Harlow 

jean harlow cocktail with orange for garnish

Dive into the world of classic cocktails with the Jean Harlow, a drink that perfectly blends sweet and strong flavors for a timeless experience. Named after the iconic 1930s actress, this cocktail captures the glamour and sophistication of its era. It’s incredibly simple to make, yet its taste is anything but ordinary. Whether you’re a cocktail aficionado or new to the scene, the Jean Harlow offers a delightful sip that’s bound to become a favorite. Let’s explore what makes this drink a standout choice.

Tasting Notes

The Jean Harlow cocktail is a perfect balance of sweet and strong flavors. With rum as its base, you get a nice kick, while the sweet vermouth smooths it out, adding a touch of sweetness and herbal notes. It’s a drink that feels both sophisticated and comforting at the same time.

Equipment and Glassware

To make a Jean Harlow, you don’t need fancy equipment. Just a mixing glass, a spoon, and a strainer. As for glassware, it’s traditionally served in a cocktail glass, which helps present the drink in a way that’s as elegant as its namesake.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • A twist of lemon for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Fill your mixing glass with ice.
  2. Pour 2 ounces of white rum and 1 ounce of sweet vermouth over the ice.
  3. Stir well until the mixture is cold.
  4. Strain the drink into your cocktail glass.
  5. If you like, add a twist of lemon for garnish.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure your ingredients are of good quality. It makes all the difference in cocktails.
  • Chill your glass before pouring the drink to keep it extra cold.
  • Experiment with the amount of vermouth to find the perfect balance for your taste.
See also  Scotch Negroni

When to Serve

The Jean Harlow is versatile. It’s perfect for a fancy dinner party or a relaxed evening at home. It’s especially nice in the late afternoon or early evening when you’re looking to unwind but still want something with a bit of elegance.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For the Jean Harlow, a smooth white rum works best. Brands like Bacardi, Havana Club, or Plantation offer great options that mix well with the sweet vermouth and ensure a delicious cocktail.

Similar Cocktails

If you enjoy the Jean Harlow, here are five similar cocktails you might like:

  1. Manhattan – Swaps rum for whiskey and adds bitters.
  2. Martini – For a gin-based alternative.
  3. Negroni – Another classic, substituting rum for gin and adding Campari.
  4. Daiquiri – A simpler rum cocktail, focusing on rum, lime, and sugar.
  5. Rob Roy – Similar to a Manhattan, but with Scotch whisky.

History

The Jean Harlow cocktail was created in the 1930s, around the same time its namesake was lighting up the silver screen. It reflects the simplicity and elegance of that era, offering a taste of Hollywood glamour.

FAQs

  • Can I use dark rum?
    Yes, but it will change the flavor profile, making the drink sweeter and richer.
  • Is it strong?
    It’s moderately strong, with the vermouth softening the rum’s kick.
  • Can I make it sweeter?
    Absolutely. Adjust the vermouth ratio or add a dash of simple syrup to taste.

Enjoy making and sipping your Jean Harlow cocktail. It’s a timeless classic that’s sure to impress!

jean harlow cocktail with orange for garnish

Jean Harlow

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • A twist of lemon for garnish (optional)

Instructions

    1. Fill your mixing glass with ice.
    2. Pour 2 ounces of white rum and 1 ounce of sweet vermouth over the ice.
    3. Stir well until the mixture is cold.
    4. Strain the drink into your cocktail glass.
    5. If you like, add a twist of lemon for garnish.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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